11-25: Safe Thanksgiving Fact Sheet; Board of Health President Video; Emergency Rent Relief; Take Montgomery COVID-Safe Pledge; Detailed COVID Case Report

TODAY’S COVID-19 CASE SUMMARY

There have been twelve (12) new cases in Montgomery/Rocky Hill since our last report, Monday, 11-23-20. However, there also have been thirteen (13) previously reported cases reclassified “out” of Montgomery based on revised determinations of place of residence. Thus, the total number of cases is roughly flat today.


HOW TO KEEP THANKSGIVING SAFE

 

The Montgomery Township Health Department has issued a helpful new fact sheet for a safe Thanksgiving holiday, available here on the Health Department website for sharing and/or printing. It includes advice for both hosts and guests, before and during your holiday meal. Highlights include:

  • Keep Thanksgiving plans as small as possible.
  • Limit the number of guests you invite. Fewer people is safer.
  • Avoid indoor gatherings as much as possible. Consider a virtual gathering.
  • If you do host indoors, increase ventilation by opening windows & doors or by placing central air and heating on continuous circulation.
  • Keep it short. Limit time together –the longer the time, the greater the risk.

 

MAYOR’S VIDEO: BOARD OF HEALTH PRESIDENT DR. JEREMY GRAYSON

In a video interview (LINK) with Montgomery Mayor Sadaf Jaffer, Dr. Jeremy Grayson, Board of Health President, discusses the second wave of COVID-19 in Montgomery, and offers advice for how residents can stay safe.

“Until a safe and effective vaccine or anti-viral treatment is available for widespread use, the best thing we can do as individuals and as a community is prevent the spread of the disease,” Dr. Grayson says.  He encourages residents to read and commit themselves to the new Montgomery COVID-Safe Pledge to protect the community.

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TAKE MONTGOMERY COVID-SAFE PLEDGE!

Last week the Montgomery Board of Health voted to launch a voluntary Montgomery COVID-Safe Pledge to encourage residents to commit to following public health guidelines for staying safe during the surging pandemic.

The COVID-Safe Pledge asks residents and businesses to “Value the health of others as well as our own health as we go about our essential activities.” Specific commitments involve following public health rules on wearing masks, maintaining social distance, cooperating with contact tracing, and isolating and quarantining when necessary. You can read the full pledge here, and share your support via social media.


 

COUNTY OFFERS EMERGENCY RENT RELIEF

In response to the unprecedented financial hardships of the COVID-19 pandemic, Somerset County has established a rent relief program using Federal grant monies. Relief is available to Somerset County residents who have suffered COVID-related income loss since March 9, 2020, subject to income limitations.

Additional information and an easy-to-use online application are available here. Paper application forms are available by calling 908-541-5756.


 

SMALL BUSINESS ASSISTANCE FROM COUNTY STUDENTS

Raritan Valley Community College has partnered with the Somerset Business Partnership to help local organizations with their web development and social media needs through volunteering. RVCC students are already volunteering with several organizations and there is availability for some more on a first-come-first serve basis. If your business is interested in being considered as a placement, please contact Dan Fahrer, director of business services, at: dfahrer@scbp.org, no later than November 30.

 



TODAY’S COVID-19 FULL CASE REPORT

There have been twelve (12) new cases in Montgomery/Rocky Hill since our last report, Monday, 11-23-20. However, there also have been thirteen (13) previously reported cases reclassified “out” of Montgomery based on revised determinations of place of residence. Thus, the total number of cases is roughly flat today.

 

As of 9AM today, November 25

Montgomery cases: 341

Montgomery deaths: 7

Rocky Hill cases: 8

Rocky Hill deaths: 0

 

Age Ranges of Cases in Montgomery & Rocky Hill:

66      <20

56      20-29

38      30-39

46      40-49

66      50-59

42      60-69

10      70-79

25      80+

 

349 confirmed and probable cases for Montgomery and Rocky Hill in total, of which:

– 296 presumed recovered

– 46 currently ill

– 7 fatalities

a “Presumed recovered” means cases that have met the criteria for discontinuation of isolation. A minimum of 10 days from diagnosis, or three days after symptoms resolve, whichever is longer. This definition represents a change from earlier in the pandemic before the CDC provided a definition.

For further statistics, go to the Health Dept.’s COVID-19 portal: https://health.montgomery.nj.us/covid19/,  State of NJ DOH’s COVID-19 Case Chart , and https://www.worldometers.info/coronavirus/

Testing Site info found at: https://health.montgomery.nj.us/covid-testing/